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The Search for Longevity

Supplements to take for healthy aging: Supplemental B12 may be more important as you age. Keep up with your calcium intake, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure to let your doctor know about any changes to your diet, supplements or medication regimen.

Walking reduces the risk of heart failure and boosts aging brains. Spring will soon be in the air, but why wait? Walking not only brightens your mood, it can save your life and is proven to improve your heart-health. A clinical trial showed that walking and other types of moderate exercise such as riding a stationary bike may also help turn back the clock on mental sharpness. The study focused on older adults with mild memory loss and found that six months of moderate exercise reversed some memory loss issues such as the ability to pay attention, get organized and achieve goals. Those that also made healthy diet changes, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, minimizing sugar and eliminating ‘junk’ food, showed bigger gains. Lead researcher, James Blumenthal of Duke University School of Medicine, said the effect was equivalent to shaving about nine years from the brain age of participants. “It’s never to late to start,” said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs with the Alzheimer’s Association. The study was published in the journal Neurology on December 19, 2018.

How to Keep Exercising Despite Chronic Pain: Exercise can be difficult for those with chronic pain, but research shows exercise is crucial in the treatment of chronic pain. Stop and modify exercise that increases your baseline pain to ensure you don’t cause a flare up of pain. Try shorter exercise periods – even five minutes is better than nothing. Start slowly and with some deep breaths. Anything that gets you moving counts. Yoga and tai chi have proven successful for those in chronic pain.

OLD

my feet are cold

my forehead is hot

twinges in my back

happen all too often

one of my thumbs hurts

on and off

and one knee

likes to trick me out

pretending to collapse

my once thick hair

is cluttering up

my bathroom floor

hate traffic

though never minded it much

before

does it sound as if i am complaining

no

not really

cause

cause

i'm still here

--S. McCafferty